Capital One Cup

Moyes: No extra pressure for semifinal

January 6, 2014
By ESPN staff

Manchester United boss David Moyes insists he and his players are not feeling the heat ahead of Tuesday’s Capital One Cup semifinal first leg at Sunderland.

John Peters/Getty ImagesDavid Moyes has endured a difficult first season at the Man Utd helm.

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Defeat to Swansea on Sunday -- the Welsh club’s first ever win at Old Trafford -- dumped United out of the FA Cup at the third-round stage. Moyes’ side are also foundering in the league, with the Capital One Cup seemingly their best chance at domestic silverware.

But the Scot does not believe that a fifth home defeat of the season is reason to panic and believes his players are not under any extra pressure at the Stadium of Light against Gus Poyet’s bottom-of-the-table Wearsiders.

“Our approach to Sunderland had to have the FA Cup game in mind because it was two matches in 48 hours," Moyes said. “It has always been vital for us to win every game and get to every final if we can.  There is a job in front of us in every competition we enter.

“We have got to overcome Sunderland in a two-game match to reach the final. It will be a difficult game and difficult to judge exactly how the first leg will go. But we will try to get ourselves to the cup final if we can.”

Moyes rested a number of players against Swansea and is likely to welcome Patrice Evra, Michael Carrick and Nemanja Vidic back into his side against Sunderland, though it is unclear whether Wayne Rooney or Robin van Persie will be fit for the game.

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